Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Jillson
Jeff Jillson was born July 24, 1980 in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. The 1st choice, 14th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Jillson is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of Mount Saint Charles High School.

The 6'3", 220lbs defenseman from North Smithfield, Rhode Island was named to Rhode Island 1st team All-State in 1998 before joining the University of Michigan in 1998-99. A member of the United States World Junior Team in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, Jillson was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team in his freshman year helping lead the Wolverines to the CCHA tournament championship.

The CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman during his sophomore year, Jillson went on to finish second in points (34) and assists (26) with the Wolverines, while being named to the All-CCHA 1st Team and selected to the 2000 Division I West All-American Team. Entering his junior year at Michigan, Jillson had compiled an impressive resume of achievements and his junior season would be no different. Leading all CCHA defensemen in scoring, Jillson helped the Wolverines reach the CCHA tournament finals and earn a berth in the NCAA Championship tournament semi-final in 2000-01. Named to the CCHA All-Conference 1st Team and to the CCHA All-Academic Team, Jillson went on to be selected to the Division I Ice Hockey All-American 2nd Team before deciding to leave the Wolverines following his junior year.

Jillson made his professional hockey debut in 2001-02, splitting his season with San Jose and the team's AHL affiliate in Cleveland. Jillson saw action with the Sharks and Cleveland before being acquired by the Boston Bruins in the latter stages of the 2002-03 season. Upon his arrival with the Bruins organization, Jillson spent the remainder of the 2002-03 season with the team's AHL affiliate in Providence. In 2003-04, the former Spartan was a mainstay on the Bruins blueline, up until the trading deadline when he was re-acquired by San Jose and shortly after shipped to the Buffalo Sabres for centreman Curtis Brown. Once the Sabres season came to an end, Jillson helped the U.S. capture a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championship.

In the following off-season, Jillson opted to sign as a free agent with the Eisbären Berlin in Germany. After competing in 30 games with the club, Jillson returned to North America after being signed by the Colorado Avalanche on July 17, 2007.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 8 7 15 15 5 1 1 2 4
1996-97 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 16 14 30 20 4 0 4 4 6
1997-98 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 10 13 23 32 5 4 5 9 6
1998-99 University of Michigan CCHA 38 5 19 24 71
1998-99 United States WJC-A 6 0 0 0 6
1999-00 University of Michigan CCHA 38 8 26 34 115
1999-00 United States WJC-A 7 0 0 0 4 -2
2000-01 University of Michigan CCHA 43 10 20 30 74
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 5 13 18 29 +2 4 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Cleveland Barons AHL 27 2 13 15 45 -10
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 26 0 6 6 9 -7
2002-03 Cleveland Barons AHL 19 3 5 8 12 -13
2002-03 Providence Bruins AHL 30 4 11 15 26 +4 4 0 2 2 8
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 50 4 10 14 35 -1
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 0 3 3 19 -3
2003-04 United States WC-A 9 1 1 2 6 +2
2004-05 Rochester Americans AHL 78 12 17 29 46 +6 9 1 1 2 12
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Rochester Americans AHL 73 10 20 30 94 -2
2006-07 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 30 2 9 11 48 1 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 70 3 19 22 46 -17
2008-09 HK MVD Moscow Region KHL 12 1 2 3 14
2008-09 Lukko Rauma Finland 29 2 7 9 20 7 0 1 1 4
2009-10 HC Eaton Pardubice CzRep 42 4 8 12 14 13 0 1 1 10
2010-11 HC Eaton Pardubice CzRep 47 0 3 3 20 9 1 0 1 6
NHL Totals 140 9 32 41 96 8 0 0 0 0


Rhode Island All-State First All-Star Team (1996, 1997, 1998)
CCHA All-Rookie Team (1999)
CCHA First All-Star Team (2000, 2001)
NCAA West First All-American Team (2000)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (2001)
Traded to Boston by San Jose with Jeff Hackett for Kyle McLaren and Boston's 4th round pick (Torrey Mitchell) in 2004 NHL Draft, January 23, 2003. Traded to San Jose by Boston for Brad Boyes, March 9, 2004. Traded to Buffalo by San Jose with San Jose's compensatory 7th round pick (Andrew Orpik) in 2005 NHL Draft for Curtis Brown and Andy Delmore, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Berlin (Germany), October 25, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 17, 2007. Signed as a free agent by MVD Moscow (KHL), July 16, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Rauma (Finland), December 31, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Pardubice (CzRep), October 1, 2009.
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